Monday, March 09, 2009

Happy Birthday Barbie!!

Today is Barbies 50th birthday. I had no idea she was the same age as me. She has maintained her youthful look so much better than I have. I'm amazed how upset the feminists have become over the unrealistic image the Barbie dolls gives. They figure that somehow the Barbie doll is responsible for the poor self image our little girls get. Let me share some statistics with you.

The average American woman is five feet four inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. Her bust-waist-hip measurements are 35-28-38. If Barbie were a real person, her measurements would be 39-18-33. If the average American woman wanted to look like Barbie, she would need to add two feet to her legs, subtract ten inches from her waist, add four inches to her chest and make her neck three inches longer (except for Kira who's neck is already as long as Barbies).

In a recent study, a group of scientists created a computer-generated
model of a woman with Barbie-doll proportions. According to their
analysis, based on those proportions, Barbie’s back would be too weak
to support the weight of her upper body. Moreover, a torso of that size would be too narrow to contain more than half of a liver and a few centimeters of bowel. Her legs in proportion to her body are so long that she probably wouldn't be able to walk. Her feet are so small that if she could walk she would constantly be falling on her face, especially since her chest is so large that it would keep pulling her off balance. Their conclusion: an individual with Barbie’s
dimensions would likely suffer from chronic diarrhea—and would ultimately die from malnutrition. I think Barbie is pretty good looking but I don't think my daughters aspire to look like her. Happy Birthday Barbie.


Lynn said...

Hmmm....very interesting indeed!

Brandon J. Leavitt said...

What I don't get is that the feminists jump all over barbie but they don't jumpall over the Edward Bella relationship in Twilight. How is that at all consistent? And in case you didn't know, they changed Barbie's dimensions to be more realistic.

Fred ... said...

Barbie was redesigned in 1997. I think these are her new dimensions. I do understand that she is undergoing a second revision as we speak but I don't think it is out yet.

Justin, Kira and Evan said...

Happy Birthday Barbie ... to stay that youthful and be under so much scrutiny ... impressive!!!

Justin, Kira and Evan said...

p.s. I do have a really long neck!!!